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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212331/analysis-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-related-gene-expression-changes-in-a-cellular-and-animal-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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In-Su Kim, Sushruta Koppula, Shin-Young Park, Dong-Kug Choi
We employed transcriptome analysis of epidermal growth factor receptor related gene expression changes in cellular and animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD). We used a well-known Parkinsonian toxin 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridine (MPP⁺) to induce neuronal apoptosis in the human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell line. The MPP⁺-treatment of SH-SY5Y cells was capable of inducing neuro-apoptosis, but it remains unclear what kinds of transcriptional genes are affected by MPP⁺ toxicity. Therefore the pathways that were significantly perturbed in MPP⁺ treated human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells were identified based on genome-wide gene expression data at two time points (24 and 48 h)...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211875/a-hyaluronan-hydrogel-scaffold-based-xeno-free-culture-system-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells
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D Chen, Y Qu, X Hua, L Zhang, Z Liu, S C Pflugfelder, D-Q Li
PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211788/hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-complicated-by-clostridium-septicum-bacteremia-and-new-onset-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-report-of-a-case%C3%A2
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Anna C Iddings, Asha N Shenoi, Alba Morales Pozzo, Stefan G Kiessling
We report the unusual case of a 5-year-old male hospitalized for management of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and new-onset type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) who developed acute renal injury secondary to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). He was diagnosed with Shiga toxin-producing entero-hemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) 0157:H7-positive HUS 48 hours after being diagnosed with new-onset T1DM/DKA. His hospital course was complicated by Clostridium septicum sepsis with colonic perforation. This patient's diagnosis of new-onset T1DM just prior to HUS is novel...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211202/role-of-modular-polyketide-synthases-in-the-production-of-polyether-ladder-compounds-in-ciguatoxin-producing-gambierdiscus-polynesiensis-and-g-excentricus-dinophyceae
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Gurjeet S Kohli, Katrina Campbell, Uwe John, Kirsty F Smith, Santiago Fraga, Lesley L Rhodes, Shauna A Murray
Gambierdiscus, a benthic dinoflagellate, produces ciguatoxins that cause the human illness Ciguatera. Ciguatoxins are polyether ladder compounds that have a polyketide origin, indicating that polyketide synthases (PKS) are involved in their production. We sequenced transcriptomes of G. excentricus and G. polynesiensis and found 264 contigs encoding single domain ketoacyl synthases (KS; G. excentricus: 106, G. polynesiensis: 143) and ketoreductases (KR; G. excentricus: 7, G. polynesiensis: 8) with sequence similarity to type I PKSs, as reported in other dinoflagellates...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210764/review-biosafety-assessment-of-bt-rice-and-other-bt-crops-using-spiders-as-example-for-non-target-arthropods-in-china
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REVIEW
Huilin Yang, Yuande Peng, Jianxiang Tian, Juan Wang, Jilin Hu, Qisheng Song, Zhi Wang
Since the birth of transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin for pest control, the public debate regarding ecological and environmental risks as well as benefits of Bt crops has continued unabated. The impact of Bt crops, especially on non-target invertebrates, has received particular attention. In this review, we summarize and analyze evidences for non-target effects of Bt rice on spiders, major predators in rice fields. Bt rice has been genetically modified to express the Bt protein, which has been shown to be transferred and accumulate in spiders as part of their food chain...
February 16, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210460/cloning-and-expression-of-clostridium-perfringens-type-d-vaccine-strain-epsilon-toxin-gene-in-e-coli-as-a-recombinant-vaccine-candidate
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Parastoo Aziminia, Reza Pilehchian-Langroudi, Kasra Esmaeilnia
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Clostridium perfringens, a Gram-positive obligate anaerobic bacterium, is able to form resistant spores which are widely distributed in the environment. C. perfringens is subdivided into five types A to E based on its four major alpha, beta, epsilon and iota toxins. The aim of the present study was cloning and expression of C. perfringens type D vaccine strain epsilon toxin gene. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted and the epsilon toxin gene was amplified using Pfu DNA polymerase...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209505/botulinum-toxin-treatment-for-nocturnal-calf-cramps-in-patients-with-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Sang Jun Park, Kyung Bong Yoon, Duck Mi Yoon, Shin Hyung Kim
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness of botulinum toxin (BTX) injection into the gastrocnemius muscles in lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patients with frequent nocturnal calf cramps (NCCs) DESIGN: Prospective randomized clinical trial SETTING: Outpatient department for interventional pain management. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty LSS patients with a frequency of NCCs ≥ once per week were enrolled. INTERVENTION: Patients were randomly allocated to receive either conservative treatments plus gabapentin (Group GPN) or BTX injection (Group BTX)...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209481/botulinum-toxin-type-a-reduces-inflammatory-hypernociception-induced-by-arthritis-in-the-temporomadibular-joint-of-rats
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Victor Ricardo Manuel Muñoz Lora, Juliana Trindade Clemente-Napimoga, Henrique Ballassini Abdalla, Cristina Gomes Macedo, Giancarlo de la Torre Canales, Celia Marissa Rizzatti Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the antinociceptive effects of Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) on persistent inflammatory hypernociception induced by arthritis in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Wistar rats were induced to persistent inflammatory hypernociception in the left TMJ. Then, animals were treated with intra-TMJ injections of BoNT-A, using doses of 3.5, 7 and 14 U/kg. Saline was used as control group. Behavioral tests were applied to evaluated the effect of BoNT-A in the inflammatory hypernociception...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209480/thermal-stabilization-of-anti-%C3%AE-cobratoxin-single-domain-antibodies
#9
George P Anderson, Jessica H Liu, Dan Zabetakis, Jinny L Liu, Ellen R Goldman
There is an unmet need for snake antivenoms that can be stored ready to use near the point of care. To address that need we have taken two anti-α-cobratoxin single domain antibodies and increased their thermal stability to improve their ambient temperature shelf-life. The anti-α-cobratoxin single domain antibodies C2 and C20 were first isolated, and demonstrated to be toxin neutralizing by Richard et al., 2013 (Richard, G., Meyers, A.J., McLean, M.D., Arbabi-Ghahroudi, M., MacKenzie, R., Hall, J.C., 2013...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209478/algal-bloom-response-and-risk-management-on-site-response-tools
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Susan B Watson, Arthur Zastepa, Gregory L Boyer, Eric Matthews
Harmful algal blooms caused by cyanobacteria can present a risk to the safety of drinking- and recreational waters and beachfronts through the production of toxins, particularly microcystin, which are highly resilient to degradation. These blooms are difficult to predict, vary in appearance and toxicity, and can show significant spatial heterogeneity: wind- and current-borne scums can produce an order of magnitude range in toxin levels along shorelines. The growing demand for reliable, cost-effective and rapid methods to detect toxins in bloom material and reduce the risk of public exposure cannot be met by most analytical lab turnaround times...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209477/characterizing-the-biological-and-biochemical-profile-of-six-different-scorpion-venoms-from-the-buthidae-and-scorpionidae-family
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Sebastian Estrada-Gómez, Lyz Gomez-Rave, Leidy Vargas-Muñoz, Arie van der Meijden
The objective of this study was to characterize a selection of six different scorpion venoms using biological and biochemical methods, including a preliminary MS/MS and a post-translational modifications analysis. Despite the diversity of scorpion species of medical importance in Africa and Colombia, the venoms of these arachnids have been poorly studied in these two regions. We report the biochemical, electrophoretic, chromatographic profile, internal peptide sequences with a post-translational modification report, and a preliminary antitumor activity of five different scorpions of the Buthidae family, Androctonus amoreuxi, Babycurus jacksoni, Grosphus grandidieri, Hottentotta gentili and Tityus fuhrmanni, and one of the Scorpionidae family Pandinus imperator...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209476/the-role-of-a-psp-producing-alexandrium-bloom-in-an-unprecedented-diamondback-terrapin-malaclemys-terrapin-mortality-event-in-flanders-bay-new-york-usa
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Theresa K Hattenrath-Lehmann, Robert J Ossiboff, Craig A Burnell, Carlton D Rauschenberg, Kevin Hynes, Russell L Burke, Elizabeth M Bunting, Kim Durham, Christopher J Gobler
Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are a threatened or endangered species in much of their range along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Over an approximately three-week period from late April to mid-May 2015, hundreds of adult diamondback terrapins were found dead on the shores of Flanders Bay, Long Island, New York, USA. Concurrent with the mortality event, elevated densities of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST)-producing dinoflagellate, Alexandrium fundyense (>10(4) cells L(-1)) and high levels of PST in bivalves (maximal levels = 540 μg STX eq...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209475/quantification-of-psp-toxins-in-toxic-shellfish-matrices-using-post-column-oxidation-liquid-chromatography-and-pre-column-oxidation-liquid-chromatography-methods-suggests-post-column-oxidation-liquid-chromatography-as-a-good-monitoring-method-of-choice
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Verónica Rey, Ana M Botana, Luis M Botana
Different shellfish samples were analyzed by Pre- and Post-Column Oxidation Liquid Chromatography to compare the toxins profiles and get information about the degree of accomplishment of both methods. Comparison of the results obtained, the linear correlation coefficient (r(2) = 0.94) and the paired t test (two tails, α = 0.05), indicated that there were not significant differences between both sets of data. Nevertheless, important differences related to toxins profiles were found: it was remarkable the difference in results for both Gonyautoxins 1 and 4 and Decarbamoylgonyautoxins 2 and 3, depending on the method of choice, due to an overestimation in the Pre-Column method...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209206/rethinking-the-role-of-alpha-toxin-in-clostridium-perfringens-associated-enteric-diseases-a-review-on-bovine-necro-haemorrhagic-enteritis
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REVIEW
Evy Goossens, Bonnie R Valgaeren, Bart Pardon, Freddy Haesebrouck, Richard Ducatelle, Piet R Deprez, Filip Van Immerseel
Bovine necro-haemorrhagic enteritis is an economically important disease caused by Clostridium perfringens type A strains. The disease mainly affects calves under intensive rearing conditions and is characterized by sudden death associated with small intestinal haemorrhage, necrosis and mucosal neutrophil infiltration. The common assumption that, when causing intestinal disease, C. perfringens relies upon specific, plasmid-encoded toxins, was recently challenged by the finding that alpha toxin, which is produced by all C...
February 16, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209134/first-clinical-experience-in-14-patients-treated-with-advos-a-study-on-feasibility-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-new-type-of-albumin-dialysis
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Wolfgang Huber, Benedikt Henschel, Roland Schmid, Ahmed Al-Chalabi
BACKGROUND: Liver failure (LF) is associated with prolonged hospital stay, increased cost and substantial mortality. Due to the limited number of donor organs, extracorporeal liver support is suggested as an appealing concept to "bridge to transplant" or to avoid transplant in case of recovery. ADVanced Organ Support (ADVOS) is a new type of albumin dialysis, that provides rapid regeneration of toxin-binding albumin by two purification circuits altering the binding capacities of albumin by biochemical (changing of pH) and physical (changing of temperature) modulation of the dialysate...
February 16, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209133/house-spider-genome-uncovers-evolutionary-shifts-in-the-diversity-and-expression-of-black-widow-venom-proteins-associated-with-extreme-toxicity
#16
Kerry L Gendreau, Robert A Haney, Evelyn E Schwager, Torsten Wierschin, Mario Stanke, Stephen Richards, Jessica E Garb
BACKGROUND: Black widow spiders are infamous for their neurotoxic venom, which can cause extreme and long-lasting pain. This unusual venom is dominated by latrotoxins and latrodectins, two protein families virtually unknown outside of the black widow genus Latrodectus, that are difficult to study given the paucity of spider genomes. Using tissue-, sex- and stage-specific expression data, we analyzed the recently sequenced genome of the house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), a close relative of black widows, to investigate latrotoxin and latrodectin diversity, expression and evolution...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208859/diphtheroids-important-nosocomial-pathogens
#17
Reshmi Chandran, Dinju Raj Puthukkichal, Ethel Suman, Shashidhar Kotian Mangalore
INTRODUCTION: Diphtheroids are defined as aerobic, non-sporulating, pleomorphic Gram-positive bacilli which are more uniformly stained than Corynebacterium diphtheriae, lack the metachromatic granules and are arranged in a palisade manner. They are usually commensals of the skin and mucous membranes. They differ from C.diphtheriae in biochemical rea-ctions as well as in toxin production. Since, they are usually found as commensals on the skin, they are often considered as mere contaminants when isolated from clinical samples...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208799/microbial-detoxification-of-deoxynivalenol-don-assessed-via-a-lemna-minor-l-bioassay-through-biotransformation-to-3-epi-don-and-3-epi-dom-1
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Ilse Vanhoutte, Laura De Mets, Marthe De Boevre, Valdet Uka, José Diana Di Mavungu, Sarah De Saeger, Leen De Gelder, Kris Audenaert
Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites produced by fungi. To mitigate mycotoxins in food or feed, biotransformation is an emerging technology in which microorganisms degrade toxins into non-toxic metabolites. To monitor deoxynivalenol (DON) biotransformation, analytical tools such as ELISA and liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) are typically used. However, these techniques do not give a decisive answer about the remaining toxicity of possible biotransformation products. Hence, a bioassay using Lemna minor L...
February 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208797/multi-mycotoxin%C3%A2-analysis%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-durum%C3%A2-wheat%C3%A2-pasta%C3%A2-by%C3%A2-liquid%C3%A2-chromatography%C3%A2-coupled%C3%A2-to%C3%A2-quadrupole%C3%A2-orbitrap%C3%A2-mass%C3%A2-spectrometry
#19
Josefa Tolosa, Giulia Graziani, Anna Gaspari, Donato Chianese, Emilia Ferrer, Jordi Mañes, Alberto Ritieni
A simple and rapid multi-mycotoxin method for the determination of 17 mycotoxins  simultaneously  is  described  in  the  present  survey  on  durum  and  soft  wheat  pasta  samples.  Mycotoxins included in the study were those mainly reported in cereal samples: ochratoxin-A  (OTA), aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), zearalenone (ZON), deoxynivalenol (DON), 3-and 15-acetyl-deoxynivalenol  (3-AcDON and 15-AcDON), nivalenol (NIV), neosolaniol (NEO), fusarenon-X, (FUS-X), T-2 toxin  (T-2) and HT-2 toxin (HT-2), fumonisin B1 and B2 (FB1 and FB2), and four emerging mycotoxins:  three  enniatins  (ENA,  ENA1,  and  ENB),  and  beauvericin  (BEA)...
February 9, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208796/recent%C3%A2-trends%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-marine%C3%A2-phycotoxins%C3%A2-from%C3%A2-australian%C3%A2-coastal%C3%A2-waters
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Penelope Ajani, D Tim Harwood, Shauna A Murray
Phycotoxins, which are produced by harmful microalgae and bioaccumulate in the  marine food web, are of growing concern for Australia. These harmful algae pose a threat to  ecosystem and human health, as well as constraining the progress of aquaculture, one of the fastest  growing food sectors in the world. With better monitoring, advanced analytical skills and an  increase in microalgal expertise, many phycotoxins have been identified in Australian coastal  waters in recent years...
February 9, 2017: Marine Drugs
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